What does this mean - 'to invest in myself'?
When we think of investments, it usually means spending money on something we hope will give us a good return. Buying shares perhaps, antiques, or property if the wallet stretches. All these are investments we can make in order to create more money for ourselves, more wealth and more abundance financially. If we make more money we can do more, help others and those we love, and there is nothing wrong with any of that!
However, what happens if we don't have the cash to make monetary investments? What if we feel we are stuck right where we are, with no hope of change? It's all very well speaking of investing when its a struggle to find the money to pay the bills every week!
To me however, investment in the self means creating something different in order to become more.
This may well involve spending some money, to pay for a course perhaps, but it doesn't have to start there.
It could be in the first instance that we need to invest some time in opening our minds to our existing attitudes. Consider some of those negative beliefs we hold, and shine the light of consciousness on them. Where did they come from? Are they even true? Some people believe money is the 'root of all evil'. They believe only nasty, greedy people have it - they think those people must have done something criminal in order to have acquired it. They believe this so deeply, they can never allow themselves to have any money themselves. They carry on scrimping and saving because deep down inside they think they will be bad people if they accumulate wealth. Is this really true? If evil exists (and remember evil is 'live' backwards!), it surely exists in the actions of those enslaved by their own sets of negative beliefs. It could be the desire for more money that makes them act accordingly, but it is not the money itself.
Our thoughts can limit us drastically throughout life, and it is well worth investing some time in self appraisal. A good honest look at how we think can reveal some very interesting insights!
The next step might be to introduce some positives and value ourselves more. Consider how useful we are to others, and how just being there can offer comfort, support and encouragement. Look for the good things within ourselves. Perhaps we if think we can't find any, it might serve to highlight how many limiting, negative beliefs we are actually holding about this - because everyone has something good to offer.
Investment means taking the trouble to look into something, and change it if it isn't working. Put some time, effort and enthusiasm into solutions and outcomes.
So this is where I'm at today. Investing in myself. Looking inwards and outwards, considering where I am and where I would like to be, and then taking action. It's a big world out there... let's go and live in it!